Futbol U-16 Boys Returns From Its European Tour With Good Results
August 17, 2007 (RELEASE) -- Foyle Cup July 21 to 28 2007; The ANB
U-16 participated in the School Boys division which is considered the strongest
and most important age group in the tournament. This tournament age group is
ranked as the second best in the UK out of all tournaments in the UK.
ANB 5 - Derriaghy 1
Ireland Developmental Team 5 - ANB 0
NewMill Youth 4 - ANB 0
ANB 4 - Templeogue United 1
Counties United 1 - ANB 0
ANB 3 - Coleraine 0
· 3 wins and 3 losses with 12 goals for and 12 goals against
· Finished 3rd in the Rosebowl division
Coaching Team Observations:
The coaching team identified the following from our European competition:
· Play a very fast paced game -British teams still play a fast long
· Very physical playing environment
· British Teams have considerable player size and strength advantage
· Overall good technical abilities
· Weather can play a strong role in result
The ANB was the youngest team in the Schoolboys Division and the team (with its
present roster), can still compete in the same division in 2008 with better
than 60% of the players on the roster still eligible to compete in the same
division in 2009.
In the 6 games played, the team received one yellow card yet the overall
technical abilities are as good as the competition and even better in specific
positions. We need to work on the physical aspect of the game, specifically,
speed of reaction.
The tournament provided great playing surfaces, was very well organized and the
host town of Derry, NI was very hospitable as they welcomed tournament teams.
We feel that this was a very good tournament experience with an average result
for the ANB Academy.
Passion Foot Experience, July 29 to August 4th:
The ANB Team arrived to France exhausted and full of injuries after playing 6
difficult games in 5 days in Ireland plus the full day of travel. The team was
hosted at the Yerville Regional Training Centre in the Normandy region.
The team played two games with a 5-4 win against Passion Foot and a 3-1 loss
against the U16 Le Havre team. The team scored 6 goals and allowed 7.
Le Havre is considered among one of the best 3 clubs in France for youth player
development. The game versus the U16 Le Havre Team featured 6 French starters
on the U-16 French National Team.
The Day at Le Havre CENTRE DE FORMATION was the highlight of the trip.
Coaching Team Observations:
· The French teams style of play is based on great technique with
organized tactics and is fast paced
· French teams play the ball on the ground
· Very good passing abilities
· French teams have a mix of big and small players
· Good football weather
· Great playing surfaces
· Excellent experience with very good results for the ANB Academy
In addition the trip to France included much Cultural value with a visit to
Mont Saint Michel, D Day Beaches Honfleur, Canadian World War 2 cemetery,
Canadian War Museum, tour of Rouen on foot and the watching of a French
The ANB Team performed very well after a well deserved rest and overall the
players adjusted well to the formation centre rules and regulations. The
players were required to clean their rooms and make their beds daily as per the
expectations and rules of the training facility.
The Le Havre Director of Youth Development, Mr. Francois, was impressed with
the performances of the ANB players but specifically with Evan Kalantis, Alex
James, Clayton Jung, Jason Mills and Damir Rosic.
Mr. Rodrigues has formerly invited the ANB Academy Director for a 2 week stay
at their formation centre. There will be more exciting news to follow on this
as the details of this prospective relationship are still being finalized.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the trip. It was a real test of
character for the ANB players. Lots of lessons were learned and many doors are
about to open as a result. Bassam Naim, Academy Director.
ANB academy's vision is to become Canadas leading soccer development
organization. Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to
maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching
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